Test Drive – Volvo S60 Polestar Performance Sedan

I recently got behind the wheel of  the  Volvo S60 Polestar, driving it around for an entire month as an integral part of my daily life. With the Polestar edition being the performance spec version of the S60 base model, I knew I’d be in for a treat. And just like ABBA and Dolph Lundgren, the Volvo S60 Polestar is one of Sweden’s finest exports.

volvo s60 polestar on the street

Specs

Petrol

Straight six cylinder

258kW/500Nm

0-100 km/h 4.9 sec

Top speed 250 km/h

Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers

Polestar Öhlins Shock Absorbers

volvo s60 polestar dashboard

Style

Aesthetically the design of the S60 is well refined, boasting what I think is one of the sexiest front ends on the market. This car  has strong contours around the front spoiler, air vents and headlights, coupled with sharply-sweeping pinched lines, which tie each element together. The 20 inch alloy wheels, lowered suspension, a swept back coupe-ish side profile and an elegantly shaped tail light, all combine to make this car a really beauty.

volvo s60 polestar steering

The S60 body has a very sleek and sporty appearance without being overly aggressive, and although this colour choice may not be one for the faint-hearted, the Volvo S60 Polestar trademark “Rebel Blue” paint job somehow seems to work.

volvo s60 polestar neutral safety switch

On the inside, I’m not a big fan of the carbon fiber panel around the centre controls, however I think the rest of the interior design is quite sound. The tastefully sporty exterior has been translated to the inside of the car and the leather seats, trim and steering wheel all are all quite slick.

volvo s60 polestar rear

Drive

Whether day to day city driving, or giving it some gas on the open road, the Volvo S60 Polestar was a pleasure to drive. Sporting the power and handling you would expect from the race pedigree car, this 3.0L turbo-charged straight six was loads of fun to drive.

On winding open roads the steering was very responsive, the low profile tyres really gripped the asphalt and the Brembo 6 piston brake almost stop on a dime. Adjustability is a recurring feature of the car and to tweak the stiffness of the ride, the Polestar Öhlins shocks can be hand adjusted to suit.

volvo s60 polestar wheel

In sports mode, gear changes were super quick and acceleration zippy, with an impressive 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds. All while the exhaust gives off acoustically delightful rumble, which is as deep and harmonious as your favourite Barry White track.

The leather racing-style bucket seats were incredibly comfortable, with enough adjustment to be ergonomically attuned with any driver. One very thoughtful feature of the seat’s design is the nubuck panels strategically positioned to prevent occupants from sliding around during cornering.

The car has an adequately spacious back seat. Having driven around with 4 fully grown male passengers and no complaints is a real testament to its spaciousness (either that, or they just didn’t want to complain since they were getting a free ride in nice car).

volvo s60 polestar headlight

Verdict

The Volvo S60 Polestar is an impressive vehicle, which performs exceptionally well and is great to drive. With the high standard of comfort, safety and styling that you would expect from a Volvo, paired with the performance and power that comes with the Polestar badge, this ride is sure to please.

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